separation of powers

Have politicians forgotten just who really holds the power in a democracy?

In Monday's Dominion Post column, Colin James wrote that local government minister Rodney Hide has stated Auckland's new mayor will be the "second most powerful politician [in New Zealand] after the prime minister". James added this is debatable, but I took issue with Hide's assertion for different reasons.

Would electing a serving police officer be a valuable addition to a local authority, or a threat to our very constitution? Whatever your view, you 're too late ...

My friend and fellow constitutional law nit-picker, Dean Knight, has drawn my attention to yet another questionable use of parliamentary procedure by the present Government.